Cortega has earned a reputation for bringing Africa-influenced heat to the dancefloor. Since 2005, he’s played an active role in the rise of the afrobeat and afro house scenes between New York and Washington. He has performed in major clubs in the area, including Cielo, Output, Eighteenth Street Lounge, U Street Music Hall or Tropicalia. For the past six years, Cortega has been living in Africa – first in Nairobi and now in Dakar, where his Electrafrique party took root and grew strong, in partnership with Okayafrica. The show, which blends together African electronic music, from mzansi house and kwaito, to coupe decale, naija pop or kuduro, is conceived as an ode to the Continent’s youth, creativity, energy, and love of dance music.
With Okayafrica Electrafrique, Cortega has toured over a dozen countries, traveling to African capitals from Dakar to Johannesburg via Accra, Abidjan, Bamako, Monrovia, Kigali, Bujumbura or Conakry and beyond to Bogota, Berlin, Paris, Port-au-Prince, Lausanne and Mumbai. His new partnership with DJ Moma’s Everyday People, Okayafrica and Electrafrique has given birth to one of New York’s hottest jams, Everyday Afrique, which is making its mark in the city that never sleeps. Cortega played at several major events such as Central Park Summerstage in New York, with Black Coffee and DJ Spoko, Good Times Africa’s Wizkid concert in Nairobi. and at Winter Music Conference to name a few.
Over the course of his career, he has shared the stage with a number of DJs and musicians of international renown including: Wizkid, Mi Casa, Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Black Coffee, Boddhi Satva, Liquideep, Nickodemus, Rancido, Carlos Mena, Black Motion, Heavy K, Sabo, DJ Clock, Mbuso, Spinna, Jose Marquez, Renato Xtrova, DJ Marfox, as well as Just A Band and Sauti Sol.